A little sparkle for today…
Recently I was in Chicago for the Mrs., Miss, Teen, and PreTeen Illinois International Pageant. I was a judge last year as Mrs. International, so it was my honor to go back and support the amazing weekend long event and production this incredible team puts on. The professionalism, organization, impressive sponsorships, media, press, down to the constant red carpet feel… makes it truly an EXPERIENCE for these contestants, their legacy family, and even the attendees can FEEL. You can FEEL the hard work that’s behind this group. It blows my socks off because it seems every year it gets even more phenomenal. Kuddos to Illinois International Pageants amazing team.
This made me think of a VERY important SPARKLE aspect… this TEAM is what MAKES this pageant experience for these girls!
That brought me to think about my year as Mrs. International, and how Incredible that year was!
The opportunities I received, the doors that were opened, the ability to spread my message. Some titles it’s “what you make of it” this was not. It was a fulfilling, impactful, and an eventful reign, wether it was me or someone else. BUT my year as a national or international title holder couldn’t of fit ME better! When it comes to a “Mrs.” title the opportunity of the paid travel, the public relations team, connections, the year’s sponsors, there was so much! THIS. This EXTRA help is what allowed me to take the driver seat and match these blessings with my connections to increase my voice and BE heard and seen. Without the amazing staff that works behind the scenes to provide this, it wouldn’t of been as MEMORABLE as it was. MY YEAR, or any title holders reign… is determined by the work of the directors and their TEAM!
Seeing these girls together also reminded me of my reigns as Mrs. Texas. The sisterhood, the FUN, the EXPERIENCE, again the amazing weekend that’s provided for these girls! But not only the hard work put in to make an incredible weekend for the contestants. It is also the SPONSORS and WORK of the director that’s awarded to a titleholder AFTER they win! THIS helps and can determine her success on a national stage. My year in 2015, my success wouldn’t or been NEAR what it was without the help of these incredibly talented people, doing what “THEY DO” to come together to support me and to help in success! Not just mine, for all of theirs. It’s not JUST about the girl, it’s about the HELP and assistance that gives her that extra SPARKLE above the rest. It also helps her IMPROVE for a national stage! A contestants success on a national stage is not only determined by how hard she works, but also by how hard her director and team works behind her.
This IMPROVEMENT is also noticed by her pageant sisters! Which by the way, returning to Illinois seeing the girls that previously competed the year before IMPROVE SO MUCH! I was FLOORED! In so many areas! They WANT that experience that the current title holder has! They are willing to work hard for it and want to IMPROVE! They WANT to come back … to try again because they had an incredible EXPERIENCE!
If you have a director who’s unorganized, not responsive, or doesn’t work hard to make the experience a great one, you won’t have contestants returning, you won’t have contestants improving SO much, you won’t have that sisterly weekend. If you have a director that is unorganized and does not give the business the attention it needs, you will not have an amazing sponsorship package and the weekend (and year) will be entirely unorganized mess.
You want to know if you’ll have a great experience ….
LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF RETURN CONTESTANTS!!
That really says it all. THIS is the BEST feedback!
So props to those directors and teams out there that WORK so hard ALL YEAR to offer AND make OUR experiences so amazing!
It allows us to SPARKLE a little more and makes us WANT to continue to SPARKLE!
Next up my before and after 24 hr results of an off the shelf must have for a little STRENGTH! 😉